Earlier on in the month I attended a screening hosted by UN Women, KPMG Network of Women (KNOW) and the International Women’s Forum (IWF) from the award winning Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s film Miss Representation which highlighted the dire issues of inequality of women in USA. Key points that were alarming were girls and women with eating disorders, the limited amount of women that are protagonists in films, and few women directors or writers. What stood out for me were the remarks on women and ageing, exemplifying that woman at a certain age are marginalized and fade into the background, because of age discrimination.
At a social event last weekend I was asked my age by a pursuer, and I told him, as I did so his friend said that I wouldn't say my age, and I added that there isn't any reason not to, other than data protection or keeping personal details private I couldn't see why I shouldn't. It brought about a discussion on age and women, where many women agreed that they are judged by their age and men are not. I feel strongly that we need to be respected whatever our age, as with age comes wisdom, the more years the wealth of experience, therefore we shouldn't be misrepresented and fading into the background but taking central positions. Age is but a number however, it is how you feel. I am young, yet I am middle aged.